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Taunton woman charged with drug trafficking after search warrant execution [Had 13 EBT cards]
Taunton Gazette ^ | 1/17/14 | Charles Winokoor

Posted on 01/22/2014 4:47:57 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas

TAUNTON — A Granite Street woman was charged with drug trafficking Thursday afternoon after police said they recovered nearly 19 grams of heroin stuffed into her bra.

Police said 37-year-old Kelly Jean Gagnon also had 13 Massachusetts EBT food stamp cards and 13 Suboxone pills, which are prescribed to counter heroin addition, stashed away in her first-floor apartment at 11 Granite St.

Taunton detectives, and at least one Drug Enforcement Administration agent, confiscated the drugs and other items during the execution of a search warrant.

Electronic Benefits Transfer cards are commonly used by drug users and dealers in lieu of cash, according to police.

When officers pulled up to the apartment building they said they saw Gagnon in the driveway talking to a woman and two local men, one of whom has a rap sheet for dealing drugs.

It was after she was ordered to put her hands in the air, and told they had a search warrant for her apartment, that police said Gagnon told them the "stuff" they were looking for was in her bra.

Gagnon allegedly handed over 18.5 grams of heroin after police took her inside the apartment and handcuffed her. The pills, EBT cards and an electronic scale were reportedly all inside the dwelling.

Gagnon was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and heroin trafficking. She was released on $3,500 bail after being arraigned Friday in Taunton District Court.

An individual convicted in Massachusetts of trafficking between 14 and 28 grams of heroin faces a mandatory 5-year prison sentence.

The apartment house at 11 Granite St. is where Taunton resident Joseph Dugan was murdered in 2010, when he was shot once in the back of the head while talking to two women.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: ebt; fraud; massachusetts; taunton
Notice how they buried the headline. EBT fraud is rampant in Massachusetts, and there is very little reporting in the media, outside of Howie Carr.
1 posted on 01/22/2014 4:47:57 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

She doesn’t seem to be black, Hispanic, Moslem, or Eastern European. She does, however, appear to be a man.


2 posted on 01/22/2014 4:49:34 AM PST by Tax-chick (What did you think would happen?)
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Alleged Dealer Accepts EBT -- Howie Carr

Last night’s snowstorm postponed the snow job that is Deval Patrick’s State of the State address. But don’t worry, I can sum up the State of the State in three words: Kelly Jean Gagnon.

Age 37, she was arrested in Taunton last week and charged with possession of 19 grams of heroin.

And 13 EBT cards. That’s right, 13 EBT cards.

So governor, how’s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming along?


3 posted on 01/22/2014 4:52:28 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
So governor, how’s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming along?

Governor Scumbag's response: Hey, the "crackdown" is why she only had 13 cards.

4 posted on 01/22/2014 4:56:59 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Common Sense 101
Governor Scumbag's response: Hey, the "crackdown" is why she only had 13 cards.

Or, "What difference does it make?"

5 posted on 01/22/2014 4:59:19 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

And I thought Tauntons smelled bad...on the outside...


6 posted on 01/22/2014 5:08:30 AM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The ungrateful 8!tch! She didn’t even send a fathers day card! After all, she is living high off the hog on my money.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 5:09:57 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Thorliveshere
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8 posted on 01/22/2014 5:14:43 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: Thorliveshere

Oh, that was a good one!


9 posted on 01/22/2014 5:19:43 AM PST by Tax-chick (What did you think would happen?)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
EBT fraud is rampant in Massachusetts everywhere.
10 posted on 01/22/2014 5:19:54 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Imagine how much EBT fraud could be cut if the EBT card had the owner’s picture on it? Just like a driver’s license.

From what I have read, the Feds are adamantly against this. Too many people are making too much money off EBT fraud.


11 posted on 01/22/2014 5:24:02 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Common Sense 101
Governor Scumbag's response: Hey, the "crackdown" is why she only had 13 cards.

One for each time she votes
12 posted on 01/22/2014 5:33:49 AM PST by jrg
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To: upchuck

A picture on an EBT card wouldn’t make much of a difference. Biometric verification at the point of purchase would be far better.

Drug dealers collect and hold cards for their “regulars”. They get cash back through crooked storefronts. I was shown the details of these scams by a woman that is currently doing a 5 year term at Framingham. Oh yeah, she’s also got SS disability for “bi-polar”. Amazingly, SS cut her off after more than 30 days in the can.

The pills come from going into the “free” doctor and getting a prescription for “back pain”.

There is a whole sub-culture in Massachusetts that lives multi-generationally off the taxpayer.


13 posted on 01/22/2014 5:38:21 AM PST by glorgau
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
It was after she was ordered to put her hands in the air, and told they had a search warrant for her apartment, that police said Gagnon told them the "stuff" they were looking for was in her bra.

Interesting. She didn't even imagine they were there for the EBT cards. Those were considered a safe activity.

14 posted on 01/22/2014 6:05:11 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: glorgau

These subhuman parasites are disgusting. Those in “authority” who refuse to do anything about this illegality and immorality are beyond disgusting.


15 posted on 01/22/2014 6:06:26 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

The authorities who administer these vote-buying programs and the entire Government “safety-net” apparatus are themselves another subculture living multi-generationally off of taxpayers.


16 posted on 01/22/2014 6:24:26 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

When I was a cop we dealt with this all the time. A woman exchanged her Ohio Direction card monthly grocery benefit to a guy for cash. He got caught. The woman admitted it. I called the State of Ohio, identified myself, told them I was going to leave a police report and both parties admitted. I asked them what I should do with the card. The answer “Just give it back to her.” I cut it up and threw it in the garbage.

Had another guy, lifelong criminal. Never worked a day in his life. He went to prison for a shooting. when he got out he called the police and I got sent. He wanted to prosecute his girlfriend. When I asked him for what he told me that while he was in prison his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend obtained his Federal Income Tax rebate check, forged his name and cashed it.

I asked him how much the check was for. $4,000.00.

Never worked a day in his life. Career criminal and spent the whole year in question in prison.

Our government at work destroying our nation.


17 posted on 01/22/2014 6:35:45 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

If she’s a drug dealer, why did she ‘need’ 13 EBT cards?.......................


18 posted on 01/22/2014 7:21:09 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

They were probably payment for drugs.

Liberals refuse to acknowledge the fraud. They don’t really care. Once they’ve gotten their self-righteous high for “helping people”, they don’t really care how much the program is abused or how much it actually hurts people.


19 posted on 01/22/2014 7:23:19 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Cap'n Crunch

Hey, Howie Carr referred to your post on his radio show!


20 posted on 01/25/2014 12:01:58 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Really? Cool. Mr. Carr could hear thousands of these types of horror stories if he talked to cops.

Most people are oblivious to this government run third world economy going on.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 4:19:15 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: hal ogen

And the worst thing is they reproduce.


22 posted on 02/14/2014 3:51:58 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: MrB

According to the politicians there is no more than 1 or 2% fraud in welfare programs. Have been hearing this for over forty years.


23 posted on 02/14/2014 3:55:18 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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